wild rose

  1. any native species of rose, usually having a single flower with the corolla consisting of one circle of five roundish, spreading petals.

Origin of wild rose

First recorded in 1775–85
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Historical Examples of wild rose

  • She named it from the wild-rose tint on one cheek of the apple.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • He was thinking of the wild-rose teacher to whom he had given a lift back in Dakota.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • It was plain that there in the wild-rose hedge he was teaching his son.

  • Cherry's wild-rose face coloured, and her whole body drooped.


    Kathleen Norris

  • Johannes tried to trace the delicate, brownish leaves of the wild-rose.

    The Quest

    Frederik van Eeden

British Dictionary definitions for wild rose

wild rose

  1. any of numerous roses, such as the dogrose and sweetbrier, that grow wild and have flowers with only one whorl of petals
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